Oregon’s Governor Has Some Problems

|| By FITSNEWS || Other than tall trees, insufferable liberals and ugly football uniforms, we don’t know much about Oregon … Except we now know it’s governor – Democrat John Kitzhaber – is in serious trouble over an influence peddling scandal involving his fiancée Cynthia Hayes. Apparently Kitzhaber used his…

|| By FITSNEWS || Other than tall trees, insufferable liberals and ugly football uniforms, we don’t know much about Oregon …

Except we now know it’s governor – Democrat John Kitzhaber – is in serious trouble over an influence peddling scandal involving his fiancée Cynthia Hayes. Apparently Kitzhaber used his influence to convince a pair of “clean energy” groups with business before the state to award Hayes nearly $150,000 in contract work over a two-year period … while she was working in his administration.

Yikes …

It gets better, though … or worse, if you’re Kitzhaber and Hayes.  Apparently all that clean “energy money” wasn’t property accounted for at tax time.  Nor did Kitzhaber completely disclose his partner’s haul on his ethics filings.

Ruh-roh …

It’s gotten so bad for the liberal politician that even the left-leaning paper of record in the state – The Oregonian – has called for his ouster.

“It should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that he can no longer serve effectively as governor,” the paper’s editorial board wrote this week.  “If he wants to serve his constituents he should resign.”

Kitzhaber is having none of it, though.  He’s vowed to stay on amid the scandal – even as his fellow Democrats desert him.

A native of neighboring Washington State, Kitzhaber was Oregon’s governor from 1995-2003.  He ran and won again in 2010 and 2014 – although his margin of victory last year was only 5.6 percent (which is abysmal in a Democratic-dominated state like Oregon).


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jimlewisowb February 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

“….If he wants to serve his constituents …”

News Flash for The Oregonian – Kitzhaber is a Fucking Cockroach – the only thing he cares about serving is a Oregon Woodie to Mrs. Woodie

snickering February 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Please start commenting on Political Wire, Taegan Goddards Blog.

Sconset987 February 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

Sounds like this guy would feel right at home in South Carolina

Bible Thumper February 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

This story could’ve been a lot juicier.
1. Cylvia Hayes is her name. Cynthia was used in one of her previous marriages.
2. One marriage hidden from the Governor until recently was apparently a green card marriage to a 18 year old Ethiopian illegal immigrant when she was 29. She was paid $5000 hoping to start a pot farm with her boyfriend.

The Colonel February 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

Here’s what you need to know about Oregon:
The whole state smells vaguely of patchouli oil and stale reefer smoke.
The suicide rate in Portland is one of the highest in the nation at one every 3.9 days (the state is number nine nationally for suicides but Portland probably skews the data)

sparklecity February 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Here’s what you need to know about South Carolina:
The one singular thing that the “Great State of South Carolina” excels at is South Carolinians who believe the “Great State of South Carolina” is a shit-hot state.
It must be that inferiority complex that makes it irrestible to poke fun at another state at every opportunity.
I’ve been to Portland and other parts of Oregon while TDY in the Great northwest. One thing for sure is that the Oregon coastline is much more scenic then the boring coast of South Carolina – and you just might get to see a orca or two if you are lucky
That great Tarheel saying that North Carolina is a valley of humility between two mountains of conceit has never rung truer as evidenced by the musings of “The Colonel”

The Colonel February 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

I’ve had it in for Oreganders for years – I live in Washington state for five years an eon ago. Leatherman Tools, Benchmade Knives and Danner Boots had factories in Portland and I would drive down from time to time for warehouse sales. I fished the Columbia a good bit and hung out on the coast, which as you suggest is spectacular. The surfing and fishing are phenomenal (if a little chilly).
However, particularly in Portland and Eugene, the “liberal/libertarian ideal” is a bit overwhelming – once you get east of say Mt Hood, the place “kind of normals out a bit” much like eastern Washington state. I loved the time I spent in Umatilla but the people along and east of I-5 are nots.

Bums to the curb February 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

Liberal or Conservative, when they have climbed this high and served this long they are up in the ether and they have lost sight of their constituency and they feel are untouchable.

Just another Joe February 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

I don’t know which is worst: insufferable liberals or bat-shit crazy conservatives. At least liberals have more fun.

grandtangosuglydog February 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

Well at least they have a football team that is a legitimate contender yearly..more than the state of SC can say..and it rains..rains and rains..miserable place besides football.

MickeyOregon February 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm

In Oregon, none of this is bad or wrong or frowned upon. He won’t be forced out until he makes a non-PC comment about whatever the day’s outrage is – probably something anti-gender nonconformists. Oregon knew much of this before the election and reelected him anyway. The Oregonian knew more, and waited until after the reelection to bring it out. At least he didn’t make a disparaging Bruce Jenner comment.

Anonymouseschmuck February 10, 2015 at 10:08 am


Manray9 February 10, 2015 at 11:07 am

He needs to go. He has embarrassed Oregon as much as Governor “Appalachian Trail” did South Carolina.


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